Pittsfield man who prompted hospital lockdown gets jail term

Dylan Ducharme pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon, among other charges.

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Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield is seen here in a WWLP file image.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Pittsfield man who prompted a lockdown at a hospital after he fired a gun in the air and pointed the weapon at three people has been sentenced to two years in jail.

Dylan Ducharme pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, and several firearms charges. His sentencing on Thursday also included two years of probation.



Authorities say the 21-year-old Ducharme wanted to confront his former girlfriend’s new boyfriend on May 14 when he pointed the gun at three people and fired a warning shot in the air. He was then spotted on the campus of Berkshire Medical Center, prompting the lockdown.

Ducharme told police that he brandished the gun because he felt threatened and denied pointing it at anyone. No one was hurt.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com

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